Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What's the Top Most Bestselling Book of All Time

As of this writing, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is the number one bestselling book of all time. Likewise, it is the top most bestselling novel of all time. It recorded more than 5.09 million volume sales.

Three Harry Potter novel books by J.K Rowlings ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The 5th place went to Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James with more than 3.75 million volume sales.

So, if you want to write a book that can surpass the volume sales of The Dan Vinci Code, you must be able to sell at least 5.1 million copies.

Monday, June 19, 2017

What Is The Number One Cause of Death Globally



CVDs is the number one killer worldwide. CVD is cardiovascular disease. Common cardiovascular diseases are ~
  • coronary heart disease
  • cerebrovascular disease
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • rheumatic heart disease
  • congenital heart disease
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • pulmonary embolism
According to WHO, 17.7 million died from CVDs in 2015. This comprises 31% of all causes of death worldwide. An alarming 7.4 million died of coronary heart disease; 6.7 million died of stroke.

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    How Many Senior Citizens Are There Worldwide?

    As of 2015, there are more than 900 million older people worldwide, according to WHO. These are people aged 60 years and older. Around 141 million, ie 1 in 6, older people experience some form of abuse: psychological, financial, neglect, physical, and sexual.

    Elder abuse is defined as actions or lack of appropriate action which can cause harm or distress to an older person.

    By 2050, the number of elderly worldwide will reach 2 billion.

    Monday, May 15, 2017

    Who Started Mother's Day?


    Anna Jarvis started Mother's Day to honor her own mother sometime in early 1900s. Her mother was a Sunday school teacher who helped women how to take care of their children.

    Anna Jarvis fought to make Mother's Day a national US holiday. She would sign her name Anna Jarvis, Founder of Mother's Day. She died alone, blind, and penniless at age 84 in a sanitarium. She was single and childless. However, her mother's prayer in 1876 to have a national holiday in honor of all mothers remained true to this day.

    Where Did Mother's Day Start?


    The first Mother's Day service was held at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908. The church is now a museum called International Mother's Day Shrine. Two years later, Mother's Day became a holiday in West Virginia. Other states followed soon. In 1914, US Congress passed the law designating the Second Sunday of May as Mother's Day.

    Why Is Mother's Day Celebrated on the Second Sunday of May?


    The second Sunday of May is the nearest Sunday to the death anniversary of Anna Jarvis's mother.

    Earlier Mother's Day in 1600

    In England, Mothering Sunday is celebrated every 4th Sunday of Lent, originally to honor the Blessed Mother, but later celebrated to honor all mothers.


    Friday, April 28, 2017

    Who Wrote The Prayer Hail Mary?


    The first line of Hail Mary, originally in Greek, is a verse from the Gospel according to St Luke 1:28 when the archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to carry the child Jesus.
    Hail, favoured one! The Lord is with you."

    The second line is from Luke 1:42 when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth said to Mary ~
    Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

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    The devotion may have started in 1100s. Christian faithfuls used it as a form of greeting ~

    Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with Thee.

    The tradition of reciting the first two lines with the name Mary added after the word Hail started in the middle of the 13th century in Europe.

    The petition part of the prayer
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

     first appeared in print in 1495. The prayer was written in Latin with the absence of the word nóstrae.

    Sáncta María, Máter Déi, óra pro nóbis peccatóribus, nunc et in hóra mórtis. Ámen.

    In his Cathechism in 1555, St Peter Canisius SJ, a renowned Dutch Jesuit priest, is credited for adding to the Hail Mary this line ~
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.

    In 1566, The Cathechism of the Council of Trent completed and made the prayer official as we know today.

    In Latin ~

    Áve María, grátia pléna,
    Dóminus técum.
    Benedícta tu in muliéribus,
    et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.
    Sáncta María, Máter Déi,
    óra pro nóbis peccatóribus,
    nunc et in hóra mórtis nóstrae. Ámen.

    In English ~

    Hail, Mary, full of grace!
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed are thou amongst women
    And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
    Amen.

    Who is St Petrus Canisius?


    St Peter Canisius SJ (feast 28 April) was a strong leader of the restoration of the Catholic Church in Europe following the Protestant Reformation.

    How Many Lives Are Saved With Immunisation?

    According to the World Health Organisation, immunisation saves 2 to 3 million lives every year. Between 2010 and 2015, WHO estimated that vaccines saved at least 10 million deaths. The most successful vaccine benefit would be the eradication of polio. As of 2017, Afghanistan reported only 3 cases of poliovirus. Pakistan reported 2 cases. Nigeria so far had not detected a case. In 2014, India was free of poliovirus.

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Who Is The Sixth President of the Fifth Republic of the Philippines?

    Elected and assumed position on 30 June 2016, Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the 16th president of the Philippines. On the other hand, he is however, the sixth president of the Fifth Republic of the Philippines. The Fifth Republic commenced on 2 February 1987.

    From 1988 to 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte was the Mayor of Davao City. He has been in public office since 1986. He was born in Maasin Southern Leyte on 28 March 1945. A law graduate of San Beda College, he passed the bar examination in 1973. Prior to taking up law, he studied political science at the Lyceum of the Philippines University.

    Who are the Presidents of the Fifth Republic

    6th 2016 - Present
    Rodrigo Roa Duterte
    5th 2010 - 2016
    Benigno S Aquino III
    4th 2001 - 2010
    Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
    3rd 1998 - 20 January 2001
    Joseph Ejercito Estrada
    2nd 1992 - 1998
    Fidel V Ramos
    1st 2 Februay 1987 - 30 June 1992
    Corazon C Aquino